Contempt plea in opposition to comedian artist over tweets

New Delhi, December 7

A law student has moved the Supreme Court seeking initiation of criminal contempt of court proceedings against comic artist Rachita Taneja for her tweets allegedly scandalising the Supreme Court.

Petitioner Aditya Kashyap filed a petition days after Attorney General KK Venugopal granted his consent for it.

The consent of either the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is necessary under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings against a person in the Supreme Court.

Kashyap had sought the AG’s consent to initiate proceedings against Taneja citing a caricature that allegedly depicted a quid pro quo relationship between the judiciary and the government with regard to the Ayodhya verdict. — TNS

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